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Mon April 17 @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

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DBARA Tailgate Party coming April 8th, 2017

DBARA will host it's 4th Annual Tailgate Party at: The First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 704 S. Grandview Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, It will be in the south parking lot and run from 8:00 to 12:00.  The cost this year is $5 a parking space, no reservations needed-just show up and grab your spot. Talk-in will be 147.15/75 with a tone of 127.3
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Radio operators help update regulations
The MDXC 20 Years Award
2017 Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarship Application

Radio operators help update regulations

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017, 6:30 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Distracted driving conviction prompts Delta Amateur Radio Society to lobby provincial gov't

After 18 months of lobbying, a group of amateur radio operators in Delta has helped update a regulation in B.C.'s distracted driving law they say helps clarify the rules around their operation.

Several members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society were caught using hand-held microphones while driving in 2014. One was subsequently convicted for distracted driving and fined $100.

Members researched the fines and found that a regulation in the Motor Vehicle Act did, in fact, permit the use of handheld microphones for drivers, but because the regulation was outdated and the pictures in the RoadSafetyBC Guide did not reflect new technology, the judge might have erred in the decision, said the group's secretary, Chris Scholefield.[Read More...]

The MDXC 20 Years Award

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017, 6:26 pm by AJ4MQ

20th Anniversary of MDXC Foundation

The Mediterraneo Dx Club wants to celebrate on air, with all the Members and Supporters, its 20th Anniversary of Foundation.

We will do it from 1 to 30 April 2017 with several special stations from all over the world.

20 Years Bronze

It will be issued with at least 50 QSO with the MDXC special stations. Each first contact with an MDXC station per band and mode, is counted as a valid QSO. You can have 3 QSO per band (SSB, CW and RTTY) with the same special station. The stations with at least50 QSO can request the free award, which will be sent by e-mail, in PDF format.

20 Years Silver

All the stations which will contact at least 4 Special MDXC stations, one for each Continent (Africa, America, Europe and Asia), can request the 4 splendid QSL, which combined to each other, like a puzzle, will compose the Award. Price € 6,00

20 Years Gold[Read More...]

2017 Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarship Application

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017, 1:56 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

To qualify for any of the scholarships managed by the Foundation, you must hold a current amateur radio licensed issued by the FCC or by an equivalent organization in a foreign country.

The deadline for initial submission is April 30, 2017; those responses may be amended until May 7 to allow for receipt of college admission acceptances from those schools that do not announce them before May 1, or to allow you to provide additional information.  If you need an extension to either date, please send request with explanation to .

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Cuban Amateur Radio Operators debating details of new regulations

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017, 10:34 am by ARRL

Radio amateurs in Cuba are scrutinizing and debating the details of new Amateur Radio regulations for the island nation. The Cuban Ministry of Communications adopted the new regulatory scheme on February 28. International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) posted the new #AmateurRadio Service regulations (in Spanish) as a PDF. #ARRL #HamRadio

Cuba Institutes New Amateur Radio Regulations

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017, 8:04 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Radio amateurs in Cuba are scrutinizing and debating the details of new Amateur Radio regulations for the island nation. The Cuban Ministry of Communications adopted the new regulatory scheme on February 28. International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) posted the new Amateur Radio Service regulations (in Spanish) as a PDF.

The detailed regulations governing hams in Cuba comprise 17 chapters and 182 articles and are said to include some significant changes from the previous rules and regulations that affect authorized bands, license terms, on-the-air practices, and the importation of equipment, antennas, and accessories. The rules in Cuba require license applicants to be at least 18 years old “or authorized by parent or guardian” for prospective radio amateurs older than age 12. Those older than 15 must at least be in ninth grade.[Read More...]

ARRL Reiterates its Case for New Band at 5 MHz

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017, 8:02 pm by

In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of current operating rules. More than 5 dozen comments, all supporting the proposed allocation, were filed on the League’s petition, although some suggested more spectrum or higher power, or a combination. ARRL said, however, that it does not at this time favor any changes in its initial request for a new band. The League proposal would implement a portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international amateur allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz at a maximum of 15 W EIRP.[Read More...]

Tape Measure Yagi Beam Antenna – Ham Radio Q&A

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017, 7:37 am by

Parts List
1 25 foot 1 inch wide steel tape measure
1 10 foot piece of 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC Tube
2 3/4 inch PVC Cross connectors
2 3/4 inch PVC T connector
6 3/4 to 1 1/2 inch stainless Hose Clamps
1 5 inch piece of 14 ga wire
1 length of RG-58 cable, approx 6 foot
Solder and Flux
Electrical Tape

Soldering Iron
Tin Snips
Wire Cutter
Screw driver or nut driver
PVC cutter or fine tooth saw
Sand paper or Dremel tool with sanding disk
Ruler or tape measure

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DBARA Christmas Party Locations

Posted on Monday March 20, 2017, 8:13 pm by AJ4MQ

Due to the Duff's Buffet at the Sunshine Park Plaza has closed this past week, our current reservation has moved to their Ormond Beach location on A1A at Bellaire Plaza.

At tonight's club meeting, we discussed 2 other possibilities: D.B. Pickles, and Houlihans on ISB as possibilities.

If you have a recommendation for a party location for 30-70 people, please email your suggestion to

IARU page shows proposed South Korean satellite K2SAT

Posted on Sunday March 19, 2017, 4:33 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The Republic of Korea Air Force Academy has applied to the IARU for
coordination of its K2SAT satellite frequencies.

Headline Details:
A 3U CubeSat. The missions of the K2SAT are to demonstrate satellite
imaging and transfer, and secondly to test voice repeating capability.

The payloads:
1. On-board camera 2. On-board voice repeater. Attitude control will be
performed with 3-axis reaction wheels and magnetorquer. The satellite
surface that contains the main payload(Camera) shall be aligned to the
nadir direction of the satellite. Requesting coordination for a V/U
transponder. The TX would also be capable of downlinking AX25 telemetry at 9k6 using BPSK. Planning a 2018 launch into a 500 or 600km SSO.

Thanks to ANS and the IARU Page for the above information


WIA volunteers find 5000 intruders

Posted on Sunday March 19, 2017, 4:30 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Wireless Institute of Australia observers looking for intruders on the ‘Primary’ frequencies of the Amateur Service on high frequency bands in 2016 found more than 5,000 intrusions - FIVE THOUSAND !

These were collated and sent to the spectrum regulatory agency in IARU member countries.

A resulting clamp down on the Indonesian ‘village radio’ stations was occurring with the government regulator progressively removing offenders.

The WIA reports intruders to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but due to the itinerant nature of some intruders this can prolong the process for their removal.

Unfortunately, some authorities seem to ignore requests for the removal of interfering services.

Among the observers is the very active John Kirk VK4TJ with monthly reports.

Individual volunteers have also left frequent reports sent via the WIA website electronic lodgement system, in particular ALARA's Lyn VK4SWE and Col VK4CC.[Read More...]

Maritime Radio Day set for Mid-April

Posted on Friday March 17, 2017, 10:15 am by AJ4MQ

Maritime Radio Day will take place in mid-April, with activity — all on CW — centering on International Naval Frequencies, 1,824; 3,520; 7,020; 10,118; 14,052; 21,052, and 28,052 kHz. Maritime Radio Day is held annually to commemorate nearly 100 years of CW maritime wireless service.

You can register here:[Read More...]

Have you watched Ham Nation lately? If not, you're missing something special!

Posted on Friday March 17, 2017, 10:14 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

Don visits Rayne Hamfest, impressive young Hams, Bob continues his Pine Board Project, Randy shows how to tune your oscilloscope, making a pigtail cable with Gary Hoehne KB9AIT, and Amanda brings on your questions from the chat room!

We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes at

Submit your own video to Ham Nation at

Thanks to Joe Walsh who wrote and plays the Ham Nation theme.

Check out Ham Nation on Facebook and Twitter!

Download or subscribe to Ham Nation at

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

Motorola Solutions has filed complaints in federal court against Hytera Communications

Posted on Friday March 17, 2017, 10:13 am by ARRL

Motorola Solutions has filed complaints in federal court (US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), alleging that Hytera Communications’ digital mobile radio (DMR) products employ techniques and systems that infringe on Motorola Solutions’ patents and trade secrets. Already known for its Land Mobile Radio Service products, Hytera entered the Amateur Radio DMR market last year. Motorola alleges that proprietary and patented information was taken illegally by three former company engineers who now work for Hytera, as “part of a deliberate scheme to steal and copy” its technology. #ARRL#HamRadio


Posted on Thursday March 16, 2017, 8:13 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

The 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year nominations will be accepted between March 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017.
The award presentation will be held at the Huntsville Hamfest on August 19, 2017.

Just as Bill WA6ITF/SK helped create Newsline for hams of the present, he believed in nurturing hams of the future. We carry on that mission this year by inviting listeners to look around them at the promising young operators they know who are making a difference in their communities and making contributions to advance radio science. Nominees must be 18 or younger and be a resident of the United States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Application forms are available on our website[Read More...]

Thank you Chuck for your many years of service and friendship.

Posted on Thursday March 16, 2017, 8:00 am by Volusia ARES
Good evening everyone
As some of you may know Chuck W4CFH has been planing a move out of state. The date is set for early April. This weekend will be his last ARES meeting. Chuck has server Volusia ARES for over 20 years. First as a volunteer and then as an AEC and net manager. Anyone wanting to wish Chuck a safe trip face to face is invited to come down to the ARES meeting. The meeting will start at 10AM this month. You can get directions at
Thank you Chuck for your many years of service and friendship.


NASA announce teams for 2017 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 6:15 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Ready for a race? Nearly 100 high school and college teams from across the globe will put their skills to the test March 30 to April 1 during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Participating teams come from all over the world including 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several different countries, such as Brazil, Germany, India and Mexico.

The challenge highlights NASA’s goals for future exploration to Mars and beyond. Inspired by the lunar roving vehicles of the Apollo moon missions, the competition challenges students to solve engineering problems, while emphasizing NASA's commitment to inspiring new generations of scientists, engineers and explorers. Rover Challenge is hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and is managed by Marshall's Academic Affairs Office.[Read More...]

CAS-4A and CAS-4B Frequencies Coordinated

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 6:14 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

CAMSAT has worked closely with a Beijing Government aerospace contractor to build two satellites with amateur radio linear transponder payloads

IARU record a launch had been planned for March 31, 2017 from Taiyuan into a 524 km orbit with an inclination of 42 degrees.

Both will carry a 435/145 (U/V) 20 dBm (100 milliwatt) SSB/CW linear transponder, a 2m CW 17 dBm (50 mW) telemetry beacon and an AX.25 4.8 kbps GMSK 20 dBm (100 mW) telemetry downlink.

The two micro-satellites will also carry optical remote sensing missions. Planned to be 494x499x630 mm dimension regular square shape and approximately 50 kg mass with three-axis stabilization system.

These frequencies have been coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel:

• Linear transponder downlink 145.870 MHz, emission designator 20K0V8WWF, power 20 dBm
• Linear transponder uplink 435.220 MHz
• CW telemetry 145.855 MHz, emission designator 100HA1AAN, output power 17 dBm
• GMSK telemetry 145.835 MHz, emission designator 16K0F1DCN, output power 20 dBm[Read More...]

50 years ago: Ham operator helps urgent international search

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 6:12 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

In the March 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay news included:

“A U.S. Air Force radio operator in Ecuador sent out an emergency radio call for aid in the location of the father of a 12-year-old leukemia victim stricken in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“‘Diver’ Delps, who has a powerful radio station at his home on West Bay Beach, intercepted the call and promised aid from the world fraternity of ‘hams’ (amateur radio operators).

“He marshalled operators together from Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Texas, Ecuador, Colombia and several ships at sea. Through the combination of efforts by hams from these localities, the father was traced at a mountain resort in Ecuador where a ham operator rattled the father’s door at 2 a.m. with news of his daughter’s illness.

“The final message from Ecuador to West Bay was that the Air Force would pick up the father at 6 a.m. for connection with a jet liner at Quito.[Read More...]

5 Changes Coming to Hurricane Forecasts

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 4:21 pm by The Weather Channel

The National Hurricane Center will debut a few new products this year.


DBARA Regular Meeting

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 10:50 am by AJ4MQ

Monthly meeting is held at:

The First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Presentation by Dr. Al Helfrick (K2BLA), an Engineering Professor from Embry Riddle University about his 630 meter experimental station

630 Meters Becoming a “Mainstream Amateur Band, Experiment Coordinator Says

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 10:50 am by ARRL

The coordinator of the ARRL’s WD2XSH 600-Meter Experimental Group — Fritz Raab, W1FR — said in his latest quarterly report that 630 meters is becoming quite active, with both Amateur Radio and Part 5 Experimental stations taking advantage of the band, which is still not available in the US.

“Band activity has been very high, and there are often more WSPR stations — more than 110 stations — on 472 kHz than on 80 or 160 meters!” Raab said. WSPR, which stands for “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter,” is software designed for transmitting and receiving low-power transmissions to test propagation paths on MF and HF.

“In a sense, 630 meters has become a mainstream ham band, in spite of not being authorized in the US,” Raab said. To boost activity, a second annual Midwinter 630-Meter Operating Activity Night will take place on February 4-5. Details will be announced.[Read More...]

Duff’s set to close at South Daytona’s Sunshine Park Mall

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 9:11 am by News Journal Online

For those who may not know, Duff's Buffet, previously Country Buffet(10's), American Buffet (late 90's) and Duffs Smorgasboard (80's) is closing after normal operating hours Today. This is the location we have had chosen for our Christmas Buffet (as in previous years). We will be discussing other options at the next Regular Meeting. Send your suggestions to so we can add them to the list for voting.

SOUTH DAYTONA — After tomorrow, Port Orange resident Terry Blodgett is going to have to make a longer drive to get his weekly fix of fried green tomatoes.

At the close of business Wednesday, the Duff's Original Buffet restaurant at Sunshine Park Mall in South Daytona is shutting its doors after nearly four decades in business.

"We lost our lease to the Department of Motor Vehicles," said Duff's co-owner David Stomber, who purchased the restaurant three years ago with business partner Albert Harris.[Read More...]

ARISS is now “one giant step” closer to flying its new interoperable radio system to the ISS.

Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017, 8:16 am by

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (#ARISS) reports it has met a major milestone and now is “one giant step” closer to flying its new interoperable radio system to the International Space Station. Eventual plans call for installing a new JVC Kenwood TM-D710GA-based radio system on the station as part of an overall approach that will allow greater interoperability between the Columbus module and the Russian Service Module. #ARRL#HamRadio

Boy Scouts Announce 2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme

Posted on Tuesday March 14, 2017, 4:48 pm by

Scouting’s World Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) Team has announced the theme for this fall’s JOTA-JOTI event: “60 Years Connecting Scouts.” The 2017 theme recognizes the event’s beginnings in 1957 and commemorates its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels activated this coming October. In addition to Amateur Radio, those channels include Internet-based channels and other Internet-based options, including social media, ScoutLink, IRC chat services, Skype, and more.

“It also recognizes the goal of the event — connecting Scouts so that they can engage in conversations with other Scouts across town and around the world,” said JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND. “This allows them to discover geographic and cultural differences and similarities. Plus, they are exposed to the technology that makes all this happen.”

The JOTA-JOTI 2017 logo contest is about to start. Plans for 2017 include a simplified registration system.[Read More...]

Amateur Radio Operators Celebrate St. Patties Day

Posted on Monday March 13, 2017, 10:15 pm by ARRL

Radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air through the St Patrick Award. #ARRL #HamRadio

Registration Under Way for CubeSat Developers Workshop

Posted on Monday March 13, 2017, 9:12 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Registration is under way for the 14th annual CubeSat Developers’ Workshop, April 26-28 at a new venue — the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The CubeSat standard was created by Cal Poly SLO and Stanford University’s Space Systems Development Lab in 1999 to facilitate space-related research and experimentation for university students. The standard now has been adopted worldwide, and many more-recent Amateur Radio satellites have used the CubeSat form factor.

The annual event brings together experts and newcomers from around the world to share and discuss the latest developments in space and CubeSat technology. James L. Reuter, the deputy associate administrator for Programs within the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, will be among the keynote speakers. Also scheduled to speak is Yu Xiaozhou, the vice director of Shaanxi Engineering Laboratory for Microsatellites.

“Early bird” registration for the Workshop ends on March 17, after which the cost will increase. For more information, contact the CubeSat Workshop Team.[Read More...]

Teen radio ham to activate Iceland on inaugural dxpedition

Posted on Monday March 13, 2017, 9:10 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

14-year-old Mason Matrazzo KM4SII is taking advantage of the CEPT Novice amateur radio reciprocal licensing agreement to operate from Iceland

The ARRL reports he will be active as TF/KM4SII, March 13-19 on 40, 20, and 17 meters, SSB only. Mason, who will be operating with a portable setup, is calling it his “Buddistick™ DXpedition to Iceland.”

Mason holds the US General licence which is equivalent to the CEPT Novice and UK Intermediate.

Over the past 12 years countries across Europe as well as the United States have signed up to the CEPT Novice agreement.

In Iceland Novice amateur radio license holders are permitted to run 100 watts in all HF bands. A 2008 summary of Novice licence regulations in CEPT countries can be found at

Read the ARRL story at…/teen-radio-amateur-to-activate-icelan…[Read More...]

DXpedition to Bangladesh (#52 on ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted list) that starts this week

Posted on Monday March 13, 2017, 11:45 am by ARRL

The DXpedition to Bangladesh (#52 on ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted list) that starts this week will use different call signs during each part of its 12-day operation, according to the group’s website. S21ZED will be the call sign for the first segment, March 14-22, with S21ZEE the call sign for the last 5 days, March 23-27. The different call signs are to comply with Bangladeshi regulations. The DXpedition team asks that stations not work the second call sign on the same bands/modes, if they already have worked the first. March 14 at 1800 UTC is the target time to be up and running. #ARRL #HamRadio

Congratulations to everyone working toward their #RadioPatch through #ARRL's Radio & Wireless Technology Patch Program.

Posted on Monday March 13, 2017, 9:55 am by ARRL

Happy #GirlScoutWeek! Congratulations to everyone working toward their #RadioPatch through #ARRL's Radio & Wireless Technology Patch Program. Girl Scouts #HamRadio

K9TAL Celebrating 98 years of the American Legion on 40m 7.225(+/-5KHz)LSB today!

Posted on Saturday March 11, 2017, 8:58 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

There is a special event station K9TAL today from 1pm to 7pm today, celebrating 98 years of the American Legion on 40m 7.225(+/-5KHz)LSB